Manila, A dozen flights operated by Taipei-based China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Air between Taiwan and Manila have been disrupted by the closure of a runway at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippine capital Friday.
The runway was still closed as of 4 p.m. after a Xiamen Airlines plane veered off the runway around midnight amid heavy rains, disrupting scores of international flights. Images of the aircraft showed it on the ground on its belly.
The airport had hoped to reopen the runway by 4 p.m. but with workers still struggling to clear the disabled aircraft away, it was later announced that the runway will remain closed until 7 p.m., according to CNN Philippines.
The Manila branch of CAL announced that it canceled flights CI701, CI702, CI703 and CI704 between Taipei and Manila, as well as flights CI711 and CI712 between Kaohsiung and Manila.
EVA Air canceled flights BR271, BR272, BR277 and BR278 between Taoyuan and Manila, but as of 4 p.m. Friday it had not canceled flight BR261, scheduled to leave Taoyuan International Airport at 8:30 p.m. and arrive in Manila at 10:50 p.m.
No one was injured in the Xiamen Airlines accident, the cause of which is being investigated, the airport said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel